Keynote Speakers

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1- Argumentation and Rhetoric: Fans van Eemeren, Netherlands

Frans van Eemeren is Professor in the Department of Speech Communication, Argumentation Theory and Rhetoric at the University of Amsterdam, director of the research program 'Argumentation in discourse' of the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis and program director of the Research Master Program ‘Rhetoric, Argumentation Theory and Philosophy (RAP). His research interests include argumentation theory and rhetorical and dialectical analysis of argumentative discourse.

Together with Rob Grootendorst (1944-2000), Frans van Eemeren is the acuter intellectuals of the influential pragma-dialectical approach to argumentation. The pragma-dialectical theory systematically combines normative insights from philosophical dialectics and dialogue logic with pragmatic insights from speech act theory, Grecian theory, and discourse analysis and is applied in the analysis, evaluation and production of oral and written argumentative discourse. The theory incorporates the notion of an ideal model for critical discussion, with 10 procedural rules governing the process of resolving a difference of opinion on the merits. Each violation of a discussion rule means that a fallacy has been committed which hinders the possibility of the difference of opinion being resolved in a reasonable manner.

2- Debate: Gordon Mitchell, USA

Gordon Mitchell is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication and Associate Professor of Clinical and Translational Science in the School of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. As director of the William Pitt Debating Union, Mitchell has organized hundreds of public debates and coordinated numerous debate outreach projects. He is author of the award-winning book Strategic Deception: Rhetoric, Science and Politics in Missile Defense Advocacy, and has published over 40 articles and book chapters in journals such as The Quarterly Journal of Speech, Argumentation, Argumentation & Advocacy, Philosophy and Rhetoric, and Rhetoric and Public Affairs. A former president of the American Forensic Association, Mitchell currently serves on the International Society for the Study of Argumentation planning committee.


1- Argumentation and Rhetoric: Prof. Ibrahim Alnaimi, Qatar

2- Debate: Dr. Aisha Al Mennai, Qatar

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